Oracle of Proverbs by fellow TABI member Delphi Sutherland. This deck comes with wonderful, large cards to show off the gorgeous artwork, and a proverb at the bottom of each card. It also has a nice LWB, which gives a brief introduction to working with the cards, a short meaning for each, and suggestions of related proverbs and other meanings, which is a nice touch.
As for today's card, we have You
Can't Take It With You. A figure carries a huge sack over his shoulder,
which appears to be torn at the bottom, allowing glittering gold and
jewels to tumble out. He looks at us slyly from the corner of his eye,
unaware of his loss, and smug about his wealth. The landscape he walks
through is a stony, yet colourful riverbank or mountain lake. Across
the water from him, snow-capped mountains rise up into the light, one of
which has a steep staircase cut into it. The suggestion, then, is that
he can't cross the water and climb the stairs, burdened as he is with
the heavy sack of material wealth.
Of course, the proverb itself
is normally used in the context if death: material wealth acquired in
this life won't benefit us once we're dead. Yet, it also opens up the
question of non-attachment in this lifetime. Can we reach spiritual
enlightenment while burdened with everyday concerns?
this is a rather pointed card on this, the third Saturday before
Christmas. Certainly, my plans for the day include some Christmas
shopping. Yet, this brings to mind a theme which James Ricklef, amongst
other spiritual writers, has brought up more than once: it isn't having
material possessions, it's how you feel about them that can block you
from illumination. Not that I think I've developed my non-attachment to tarot and oracle decks sufficiently, yet, but still... :D
I am grateful for the reminder that experiences are worth more than objects.